Knowledge Note

Measures of child marriage are high in the Dominican Republic. The share of women ages 18-22 who married as children is 34.6 percent and it has not decreased substantially over time. The share of girls marrying very early, before the age of 15, has decreased. Child marriage is associated with lower wealth, lower education levels, and lower labor force participation. These are however only correlations, not necessarily causal effects. In order to design programs and policies to reduce child marriage, information is needed on the trend in the practice over time, where it is most prevalent in a country, and what the characteristics of girls marrying early are.

About the Presenters

Chata Male

Quentin Wodon